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Tshegofatso Pule murder: Sentencing delay 'feels like a dagger' to the chest.

In March, Ntuthuko Shoba was found guilty of killing Tshegofatso Pule in 2020.

The sentencing for Ntuthuko Shoba, who was found guilty of killing Tshegofatso Pule, has been put off.

Because the pre-sentencing report was not complete, the case was moved to July.

Her uncle has asked for a life sentence to be given.

Her uncle thinks that Ntuthuko Shoba should spend the rest of her life in prison because she killed Tshegofatso Pule.


He said this after Shoba's sentencing at the Gauteng High Court in Johannesburg was put off on Tuesday because the pre-sentencing report was not finished. This was something that a friend called "a dagger to the chest."

Acting judge Stuart Wilson decided to put the case off until July 28.

"I expect the case to move forward with all the necessary paperwork on the new date, and if it needs to be moved, I'd like a pretty clear explanation," he said.

Phindi Mjonondwane, a spokesman for the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA), said that the court proceedings had to be stopped so that Shoba could write a report to reduce his sentence.

Shoba was found guilty in March of killing Pule and their unborn child in the year 2020.

Tumisang Katake, the uncle, said outside the court that the family wasn't being given a chance to heal.

"Our family isn't getting a chance to find peace, but all we have to do is give Shoba time to do his thorough pre-sentencing interviews and finish the reports."

Katake asked for a life sentence in prison and said:

Any sentence less than life in prison would be unfair to the family.

Bothale Modisane, a family friend, said that the family was upset about the delay.

"It feels like a dagger being pushed deep into my chest.

"We've been to court and back. She said, "The longer this goes on, the longer we don't get to start grieving."

Modisane also said that the long trial had been hard on the family and that Pule's aunt had been hospitalized many times.

The sentencing for Ntuthuko Shoba, who killed Tshegofatso Pule, has been put off for two months.

"This is the same aunt who raised Tshegofatso after her parents died and she had to grow up without them."

Modisane is also a member of the Tshegofatso Pule Foundation. She said that the foundation's goal was to become a pillar of strength for victims and families of gender-based violence.

"We don't want Tshegofatso to be remembered as the girl who was killed at age 28 while eight months pregnant and hanging from a tree."

Source:https://www.news24.com/news24/southafrica/news/tshegofatso-pule-murder-sentencing-delay-feels-like-a-dagger-to-the-chest-20220511

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